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Oct 17, 2012 2:00am PDT
. steve handelsman has that story from the campus of hofstra university in new york. steve, good morning to you. >> reporter: hi, lynn, thanks. good morning. both these candidates last night in their second debate seemed on their game. this was high stakes. barely polite. a political brawl. >> very little of what governor romney just said is true. >> reporter: determined to stop his slide in the polls, president obama hit hard from the start. >> governor romney says he has a five point plan. governor romney doesn't have a five point plan, he has a one point plan and that plan is to make sure that folks at the top play by a different set of rules. >> reporter: governor romney hit back, a sharp exchange on energy. >> in the last four years, you cut permits and licenses on on federal land and federal waters in half. >> various deduction yous -- >> reporter: this uncommitted voter asked about taxes and the debt. >> i said i would cut taxes for middle class families and that's what i've done. >> i will not under any circumstances reduce the share being paid by the highest income taxpayers. >>
MSNBC
Oct 3, 2012 2:00am PDT
their debate prep on tuesday to make a few unscheduled stops. nbc's steve handelsman reports from denver. >> reporter: the pressure is intense. president obama took time out for a visit to hoover dam. >> it's spectacular. i've never seen it before. >> reporter: mitt romney grabbed a burrito bowl. doug hudson, andrew lumpkin and chris conroy run bicycle companies in colorado. they took me out to red rocks. these guys will watch the debate. andrew hoping for a breakthrough by his candidate, mitt romney. >> i want him to talk about conservative values, especially economically. empowering small businesses. >> reporter: chris used to vote republican. not anymore. >> what really change my mind recently is it seems to have got an way from taking care of the little guy. >> reporter: doug is undecided. >> i'd like to see details both from romney and obama. mainly on tax policy. >> reporter: vice president biden charged team romney would hike middle-class taxes. >> how they can justify raising taxes in the middle class that has been buried the last four years. >> reporter: republicans jumped on th
MSNBC
Oct 12, 2012 2:00am PDT
of the highlights, we go to steve handelsman at the debate sight in danville, kentucky. good morning. >> reporter: good morning from danville, kentucky where they differ sharply on practically all the big issues. these are smart, well informed politicians. paul rye yand and joe biden had reason to feel good last night. a long time democratic insider versus a republican young gun whose ticket has new momentum. mitt romney was watching, barack obama, too. the moderator from abc. they tangled on iran. >> they are closer to a nuclear weapon. >> we will not allow the iranians to get a nuclear weapon. you gonna go to war? is that what you want to do now? >> we want to prevent war. >> what about 47% of americans feeling entitled to benefits. >> i think the vice president knows sometimes the words don't come out of your mouth the right way. >> but i always say what i mean. so does romney. >> what about the obama stimulus, the recovery? >> job growth in september was slower than august and august slower than july. we are heading in the wrong direction. >> 5.2 million new private sector jobs. >> was it a g
NBC
Oct 4, 2012 4:30am EDT
, taxes and the future of health care. nbc's steve handelsman has more. >> reporter: the pressure was on mitt romney who needed a turn around. president obama came into the debate ahead in every battleground state. with an estimated 60 million americans watching on tv, cable and the web, moderator jim leherer asked can you put more people to work? >> the answer is, yes, we can help. >> reporter: romney would cut taxes and regulations on small business. >> my priority is jobs, and so what i do is i bring down the tax rates. >> governor romney's proposal that he's been promoting for 18 months calls for a $5 trillion tax cut. >> reporter: which the president claimed would help the rich at others' expense. >> the average middle class family with young children would pay $2,000 more. >> everything he said about my tax plan is not accurate. >> it is not possible to come up with enough tax cuts to avoid either raising the deficit or burdening the middle class. it's math. it's arithmetic. >> reporter: on medicare and social security one agreement. >> neither the president nor i are propos
NBC
Oct 4, 2012 4:00pm EDT
. the candidates are on the move. steve handelsman is live in denver. >> reporter: good evening from denver, colorado, where this is the headline, in the biggest paper in denver. the only the statewide paper in colorado. i spoke to democrats in this battleground state today. they don't dispute this. they're disappointed, but many feel they're still hopeful because they figure mitt romney's still got a ways to win in this state, and nationwide, even though his effort looks back on track. republican joy in denver, mitt romney declared his campaign is rejuvenated. >> you know what, we're going to take back the white house. >> reporter: a new mood after many saw a new mitt romney last night. >> let's get back to medicare. the president said that the government can provide the service at lower cost and without a profit. >> reporter: in control, assertive, presidential. while barack obama kept his eyes and his energy low. >> it's very rare that stylistically there's such a clear triumph of one side over the other. >> reporter: a rally in denver, the president admitted he got surprised. >> when i
NBC
Oct 19, 2012 5:00pm PDT
, and there is a new word in the political dictionary this evening. nbc bay area steve handelsman shows us. he is live in washington, d.c. with the latest for us. hey, steve. >> reporter: hi, jessica. thanks. good evening. you've got to believe behind closed doors neither of these presidential candidates are laughing a lot these days. this race is agonizingly close. but the president today in public was cracking people up. in northern virginia, president obama joked his opponent has a condition. >> i think it's called romnesia. >> accusing of mitt romney of swerving to the middle to trick women. >> i don't know anything about giving tax cuts to rich folks. take a impeach temperature, because you probably got romnesia. here is the good news. obama care covers preexisting conditions. >> reporter: he got big laughs. but obama's support in this fourth biggest battleground state has dropped. he is tied here with romney, whose campaign said women haven't forgotten how they've suffered for four years. two new polls show former governor romney ahead nationally. two showed ties. the nbc marist survey shows rom
NBC
Oct 24, 2012 5:00pm PDT
are still neck and neck. steve handelsman is live in washington with an update for us. good evening, steve. >> reporter: janelle, thanks. good evening to you. neck and neck means there are a whole lot of different combinations of wins. in the swing states like florida that could mean a victory on november 6th. and so these candidate are trying to hit all the battlegrounds. mitt romney and paul ryan's swing state tour started in colorado. they split up, romney going to nevada, where he trails by three points, but claimed he is closing on the president. >> he's out of ideas and out of excuses, and in november you're going to put him out of office. >> mitt romney and i believe in true compassion and upward mobility. >> colorado could be key. last night outside denver, thousands cheered the republican ticket. the obama lead in this state has disappeared. to slow the slide, barack obama will visit five swing states. >> we're going to pull an all-nighter. >> reporter: starting in iowa, where his lead is down to two points. >> iowa, you know me. you know -- you know that i say what i mean. >> rep
NBC
Oct 3, 2012 5:00pm PDT
word. for the very latest, let's check in with nbc's steve handelsman live at the university of denver. good evening, steve. >> reporter: janelle, thanks. good evening from a suddenly blustery cold denver, where the gold tonight is political substance. when this debate gets started in less than an hour here at the university of denver, moderator jim lehrer will demand the studio audience not boo or hiss or applaud. no distractions, he'll say. so the voters, many, many millions watching from home, will get to concentrate on what these political competitors have to say. more than 60 million americans could watch tonight's debate. >> i've made up my mind. but i'd still like to see both of the candidates sweat a little bit. >> reporter: president obama looked relaxed this week. mitt romney too, but he knows he has to change perceptions tonight. more voters now see romney negatively than see him positively. and that loses elections. >> only two presidential candidates in the last 20 years of "the wall street journal"/nbc polling have had a net negative image at this point and one of them lo
NBC
Oct 3, 2012 11:00pm PDT
received we begin with steve handelsman in denver. >> reporter: jessica, thanks. here in denver tonight, mitt romney knew he had to bring his a-game. most of those who watched figured that's what he did. the pressure was on mitt romney who needed a turnaround tonight. president obama came into the debate ahead in every battleground state. with an estimated 60 million americans watching on tv, cable and the web, moderator tjim hehrer asked, can you put more people to work. >> he would cut regulations and taxes on small businesses. >> my priority is jobs. so what i do is i bring down the tax rates. >> governor romney's proposal that he has been promoting for 18 months calls for a $5 trillion tax cut. >> reporter: which the president claimed would help the rich at others 'expense. >> the average mittedle class family would pay about $2,000 more. >> everything he just said about my tax plan is inaccurate. >> it's not possible to coming up with enough deductions and loopholes that only affect high-income individuals to avoid either raising the deficit or burdening the middle class. it's math
NBC
Oct 12, 2012 5:00pm PDT
truthful about the murder of u.s. ambassador chris stevens and three others who died in libya. steve handelsman is in the battleground state of ohio with more. >> reporter: the election could hinge on hamilton county, ohio. cincinnati chili stays the local lunch favorite. but cincinnati voters swing between parties. barack obama won here in '08, but republicans tracy winkler and tony rosiello are relieved today. >> last night's debate is not going to hurt news this county. >> congressman ryan really held his own. >> i will vote for obama, period. >> reporter: last night helped? >> just convinced it. >> reporter: paul ryan was up beat this morning. >> i feel great. >> reporter: in daniel last night, ryan drank a lot of water, but didn't sound nervous. >> job growth in september was slower than it was in august. >> reporter: joe biden smiled a lot. some say condescendingly. >> 5.2 million new jobs, private sector jobs. >> reporter: he denied team obama covered up an al qaeda attack in libya. >> they first blamed the youtube video. >> the intelligence community told us that. as they lea
NBC
Oct 15, 2012 5:00pm PDT
's second presidential debate. there is a lot at stake here. here is nbc's steve handelsman from washington. >> hello, everybody, hello, hello! >> reporter: president obama, whose last public break from debate camp was jed yed is being warned insiders say not to overcorrect and be too aggressive tomorrow night. at the town hall-style debate at hofstra university on long island -- >> yes, he needs to show he is tougher, yes, he needs to attack, but he doesn't want to come across as a bully. for mitt romney, the number one piece of advice that he is getting is to engage with these questioners. in town halls he has a tendency when he gets a tough question to back away. >> debate number one erased the president's lead in virginia and reduced it in other swing states. the race is tied nationally in two new polls. but mitt romney's likability has shot up after the denver debates. and romney's not mentioned in the new obama ad. >> stick with this guy. he will move us forward. >> reporter: the new romney poll ryan ad replayed the vp debate. >> did they come in a tough situation? absolutely. but we'
NBC
Oct 15, 2012 5:00pm EDT
will likely get the chance to ask questions of president obama and mitt romney. steve handelsman is in washington with more on how important the debate is for both candidates. >> it was mitt romney is numbers that moved the most after the last debate. the pressure this time is on the incumbent. president obama, whose last public break from the bait camp was yesterday, is being warned not to overcorrection be too aggressive tomorrow night. the town hall style debate -- yes, he needs to show he is tupper but he does not want to come across as a bully. for mitt romney, the advice he is getting is to engage with the questioner. he has a tendency to back away. >> the race is tight nationally in two new polls, but mitt romney is likability has shot up after the denver debate. romney is not mentioned in the d.w obama at perr >> did they inherit a tough situation? absolutely. >> you can vote early absentee to make sure to focus on making phone calls. we even need you to talk to your relatives. that is so important. next door to began early voting today. first lady michelle obama cast her
NBC
Oct 2, 2012 4:00pm EDT
handelsman joins us live with more on what to speck during the rumble in the rockies. steve? >> reporter: i like that, pat, thanks. good evening. this is the campus of the university of denver. south and west of downtown on the way to the mountains. this is the site of tomorrow night's possibly critical first presidential debate. it will be watched nationwide. some voters in ohio camped out to be the first to cast early ballots in this battleground state. most states start voting before november 6th. putting more focus on the first debate in denver. doug hudson, andrew and chris run bicycle company in colorado. they took me out to red rocks today. these guys will watch the debate. andrew, hoping for a breakthrough by his candidate, mitt romney. >> i want him to talk about conservative values, especially economically. empowering small businesses. >> reporter: chris used to vote republican. not anymore. >> what changed my mind recently is it seems to have gotten away from taking care of the little guy. >> reporter: doug is undecided. >> i would like to see some details both from romney and ob
NBC
Oct 12, 2012 4:00am PDT
night's debate we go now to nbc's steve handelsman. he is at the debate site in danville, kentucky. steve, good morning. >> reporter: lynn, thanks. good morning from danville, kentucky, where they differed sharply on practically all the big issues, but these are smart, well-informed politicians. paul ryan and joe biden both had reason to feel good about how that came across here last night. a long-time democratic insider versus a republican young gun whose ticket has new momentum. mitt romney was watching. barack obama too. moderator martha raddatz of abc. they tangled on iran. >> we're moving faster toward a nuclear weapon. it's because this administration has no credibility on this issue. >> we will not allow the iranians to get a nuclear weapon. you're going to go to war, is that what you want to do now? >> we want to prevent war. >> reporter: on the middle class what about mitt romney saying 47% of americans feel entitled to government benefits? >> i think the vice president very well knows that sometimes the words don't come out of your mouth the right way. >> but i always say
NBC
Oct 15, 2012 6:00pm EDT
. steve handelsman is on thrill now with more on this. steve? >> thanks. good evening, jim. it was mitt romney's numbers that moved the most since the debate. not barack obama's. so the pressure tomorrow night is on the incumbent. >> hello, everybody! >> reporter: president obama, whose last public outing not too overcorrect. don't be too aggressive tomorrow night. at the town hall style debate -- >> yes, he needs to show he's tougher and push back more. he doesn't want to come across as a bully. mitt romney, the advice he's getting is to engage with these questioners. in town halls he has a tendency to back away. >> reporter: debate number one, erase the president's lead in virginia, and reduced it in other swing states. the race is tied nationally in two new polls. mitt romney's likability has shot up after the denver debate. and romney's not mentioned in the new obama ad. >> stick with this guy. he will move us forward. >> reporter: the new romney/paul ryan ad replayed the vp debate. >> absolutely. we're going in the wrong direction. >> reporter: in wisconsin today, ryan pushed turno
NBC
Oct 3, 2012 4:00pm EDT
. nbc's steve handelsman joins us live from the arena with the story. steve? >> reporter: thanks, good evening. i can tell you this, the guy who's going to run this debate for all of us to learn from, you won't hear that guy call this a rumble in the rockies, mark jim lehrer will order those in the audience not to boo or his or clap. we, americans, can concentrate on what these candidates have to say. more than 60 million americans could watch tonight's debate. >> i've made up my mind, but i'd still like to see both of the candidates sweat a little bit. >> reporter: president obama looked relaxed this week. mitt romney, too. but he knows he has to change perceptions tonight. more voters now see romney negatively than see him positively. and that loses elections. >>. >> reporter: in virginia, romney's down by just two. with a lot on the line in past debates, romney has done well. >> going against romney is not a fun thing. he has the facts. he drills you, stays, tenacious. >> reporter: and sometimes aggressive. >> the idea that i'm anti-immigrant is repulsive. don't use a term like that
NBC
Oct 26, 2012 4:00pm EDT
empty. steve handelsman joins us live from capitol hill with the latest. steve? >> reporter: pat, thanks, good evening. a reminder, no republican has ever won the white house without winning ohio. and this year's nominees campaigning like he thinks that's still the rule. mitt romney took a break from his ohio marathon and went to iowa. >> we're going to create 12 million new jobs in just four years. we'll see rising take-home pay. and we'll get america's economy growing at 4% a year, more than double this year's rate. >> reporter: the former governor has improved his poll numbers because, since the first debate, more voters like him. >> mitt romney used to be upside down in terms of his likability. that's no longer the case. >> reporter: back in lebanon, ohio, a pretty town in the key swing state -- >> that's true. >> reporter: -- these sisters sell furniture. kathy voted for barack obama in '08 but decided to switch after she went to see mitt romney. >> i believed his promises, and that he would do his best. i think it's time for a change. >> reporter: the president ended his campaign m
NBC
Oct 23, 2012 6:00pm EDT
. steve handelsman was at the debate and joins us now from deerfield beach, florida. steve? >> reporter: hi, jim. thank you from deerfield beach in this biggest of the battleground states. last night's debate made up some minds and it motivated the followers of both of these candidates. president obama tried out his closing campaign argument in del rey beach. charging mitt romney cannot be trusted. >> everything he is doing right now is to hide his real positions and try to win this election. and florida, you know me. you can trust that i say what i mean. >> attacking me is not an agenda. >> reporter: but at the debate, the president did. >> both at home and abroad, he has proposed wrong and reckless policies. every mocked mitt romney's concerns about a shrinking u.s. navy. >> governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets. >> that angered the previous opponents. >> he seemed to take these cheap shots. >> reporter: but he health his ground. >> i don't see our influence growing around the world. i see our influence receding. >> reporter: and republicans in florida today were pleased. >
NBC
Oct 16, 2012 4:00pm EDT
. the reblicans figure romney will be energized by said new positive polls. steve handelsman is at hofstra on long island where the debate will take place tonight. steve? >> reporter: pat, thanks. good evening from long island. with mitt romney ahead now in this new set of polls, in the all important swing states, even more is riding on tonight's debate here. the pressure is on but so was the smile as president obama headed for the hofstra debate. >> i feel fabulous. >> reporter: mitt romney got sunshine by a starting poll by gallup for usa today that shows him leading now in 12 battleground states from colorado to florida to ohio. since the debate in denver, romney over obama, 50-46 among likely voters because gallup found romney trails with women in swing states by just one. a once wide gender gap closed. team obama disputes the numbers, a shift like that is critical. >> whoever wins the women usually wins the election. >> reporter: tonight's debate is a town hall. audience questions. in a debate like that in 1992, george bush 41 looked irritable. >> i'm not sure. help me with the question and i
NBC
Oct 9, 2012 4:00pm EDT
states today. steve handelsman joins us now from the hill with more on a shift in strategy for romney. steve? >> reporter: thanks, jim. just a few weeks ago, mitt romney had all but written ohio off. now in that critical swing state in florida and virginia, in iowa, he is pushing back hard. mitt romney came to dusty iowa on his way to ohio with new confidence that he can win those battleground states. and a new willingness to open up personally. today about glen dougherty, a navy s.e.a.l. romney met at a party. >> you can imagine how i felt when i found out he was one of the two form he s.e.a.l.s killed in bell gazay on september 11th. and it touched me, obviously. >> reporter: after the debate in denver, romney soared to a lead over president obama nationally among likely voters. in the pugh poll and the gallup survey. but they are seeing his numbers go down. >> definitely he got a bump but as we track it friday, saturday, sunday, we think some of that is dissipati dissipating. >> reporter: today as president obama traveled to ohio, gallup put him behind by just two points. last nigh
NBC
Oct 23, 2012 4:00pm EDT
states like virginia. steve handelsman joins us from another battle ground state right now. he is in deerfield beach, florida. there campaigning to the music, steve. >> reporter: hi, pat. thanks. good evening from deerfield beach, florida. it is a battleground state, not a war zone. in this, the biggest of the swing states, la night's debate helped make up some minds and helped motivate supporters of both candidates. president obama tried out his closing campaign argument in del rey beach. charging romney can't be trusted. >> everything he is doing right now is to hide his real positions and try to win this election. and florida, you know me. you can trust that i say what i mean. >> attacking me is not an agenda. >> reporter: but at the debate, the president did. >> both at home and abroad he has proposed wrong and reckless policies. >> reporter: he mocked mitt romney's concerns about a shrinking u.s. navy. >> we also have fewer horses and bayonets. >> reporter: that angered the previous obama opponent. >> he seem to take these cheap shots. that's not presidential. >> reporter:
NBC
Oct 3, 2012 4:00am PDT
at debate number one. i'm steve handelsman, nbc news, denver, colorado. >>> and of course tonight nbc is going to have complete coverage of this first presidential debate anchored by brian williams along the best political team in the business. it all starts at 9:00 p.m. eastern, 6:00 p.m. pacific. >>> elsewhere, a judge in pennsylvania has blocked the state's stricter voter i.d. law from taking effect this november. after weeks of protests, the ruling means that voters in pennsylvania will not have to show a state approved i.d. to cast ballots on election day. the judge said he was concerned that the law could prevent some people from voting. stricter voter i.d. laws in four states remain, but tougher laws in at least six other states were either shelved or watered down including those in florida, ohio and of course now in pennsylvania. >>> american airlines now says it knows why passenger seats broke loose causing a pair of emergency landings. the airline originally called for eight of its planes to be inspected but later ordered 47 of its aircraft to be checked. american blames the
NBC
Oct 11, 2012 4:00am PDT
tried to save the ambassador. i'm steve handelsman, nbc news, washington. >>> now here's a look at some other stories making news "early today" in america. we are going to begin in california with a parents' nightmare at a youth football game. a violent scuffle broke out between opposing coaches after the game ended. it's still unclear what started the melee, but it did stop before any of the children or adults were injured. >>> two florida construction workers were killed in a parking garage collapse. one witness said the five-story lot was under construction when it just fell like a house of cards. rescuers pulled one survivor from the rubble 13 hours after the collapse. crews will continue searching for the lone, unaccounted for worker this morning. >>> and finally, there goes the bride in new jersey. look at that woman right there. she swiped a $5,000 wedding dress right in broad daylight. she apparently had a small group of friends and a small child to distract the shop owners while she escaped. police are still looking for the woman. >>> now for a look at your national and regiona
NBC
Oct 22, 2012 11:00pm EDT
is more likely to affect the outcome of this campaign than this debate. steve handelsman, nbc news, boca raton, florida. >> meanwhile, debate closer to home. kerry cavanaugh is in baltimore county tonight or state senator nancy jacobs challenged congress and dutch rippers burger -- dutch ruppersberger to a debate. >> the standing-room-only crowd seemed to be split almost equally between the congressman and challenger nancy jacobs. democrat dutch ruppersberger rests on home turf against republican nancy jacobs. he lost his political career here as a baltimore county councilman and then county executive. jacobs want to end his political dominance in the second district your >> that have seen more of me in 10 months and have seen of him in 10 years, and that is saying a lot. this dick -- this district is over 2.5 to 1 democrats. >> jacobs emerged as the state gop leader in her 14 years in the state senate. >> are part of illegal the people not understand? it is through no fault of those children that they are here, but their parents had every opportunity to pursue citizenship. >> without am
NBC
Oct 18, 2012 4:00pm EDT
. springsteen was just half of the team at the event today. steve handelsman joins us from capitol hill with the latest from the campaign trail. tough to top the boss, but give it a try, steve. >> reporter: let's talk about women, jim. i'm sure pat could educate both of us on this. but how do win over women is tough. but critical now for both campaigns. they figure it's about jobs and opportunity. equality, respect, and reproductive rights. focusing on women, president obama went to new hampshire, another swing state where he's lost the lead with time running out. >> 19 days, new hampshire. >> reporter: the president figures a key to a comeback is women. he lost his big advantage with women nationally after the first debate. in the second debate tuesday, mitt romney boasted he asked the help of women's groups to staff his massachusetts governors office. >> they brought us binders full of women. mine had more women in senior leadership positions than any state in america. >> reporter: that, said mr. obama today, is the difference between him and mr. romney. >> we don't have to order up s
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Oct 18, 2012 5:00pm EDT
the first full month after barack obama took office. women were hit no harder than men. steve handelsman, wbal-tv 11 news. >> no doubt you have seen the television ads, maryland ministers proclaiming their support for the civil marriage protection act. they announce one that will be voting yes for question 6. gary sims continues our commitment 2012 coverage. >> ministers, rabbis, and other members of the car together today about the question of religious freedom and what it means to be an american. men and women from multiple the nomination spoke on the steps outside the cathedral of the incarnation in north baltimore this morning to show there is unified support for question 6. those who spoke today say while the have varying religious views, they believe the question of marriage equality should be more of a social issue. >> we are one nation, under god, indivisible with liberty and justice for all. we cannot live up to that great declaration if we cannot affirm marriage equality. it is at that point that we really become hypocrites of our own moral compass as a nation. >> they don't wa
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Oct 1, 2012 6:00pm EDT
will be strong enough to reshape the race. steve handelsman on capitol hill now with more on this. >> reporter: jim, thanks, good evening. both these candidates are looking at the polls, mostly in the battleground states. and they're all eyeing this debate, both eyeing this debate on wednesday. picture it, mitt romney side by side with barack obama. this is what challengers want, to be literally on an even keel with the incumbent president and 60 million americans could tune in. prominent republicans said today, it's huge. they're setting up for the debate in denver. one of mitt romney's biggest backers sounds upbeat. >> every time he's been challenged, in one of these situations, and had a debate, he's come forward with an outstanding performance. listen, i plead guilty to having confidence in the guy on wednesday night. >> reporter: but romney trails in every battleground state. >> he's got to redefine himself as someone who cares about the average american. he's got to show how his policies connect to that caring. and he has to show how president obama's policies have not produced a better
NBC
Oct 3, 2012 6:00pm EDT
, and they say it may be mitt romney's best chance to lose his underdog image. steve handelsman is in denver with the latest. >> reporter: jim and doreen, thanks, good afternoon. when this debate starts tonight here at the university of denver, moderator jim lehrer will ban booing and hissing and clapping, so we, america, can concentrate on what these candidates have to say. more than 60 million americans could watch tonight's debate. >> i've made up my mind but i'd still like to see both of the candidates sweat a little bit. >> reporter: president obama looked relaxed this week. mitt romney, too. but he knows he has to change perceptions tonight. more voters now see romney negatively than see him positively. and that loses elections. >> only two presidential candidates in the last 20 years have had a net negative image at this point and one of them lost, george h.w. bush. >> reporter: romney got good news from three battlegrounds in florida. he's now behind by just one point. still way down in ohio. but in virginia, romney's down by just two. with a lot on the line in past debates, romney's
NBC
Oct 9, 2012 6:00pm EDT
performance last week led to a boost in some polls. steve handelsman with the latest on that. >> a few weeks ago, at the obama numbers. mitt romney had virtually written off ohio. but now in that big state, in florida, virginia, the rest of the swing states, the new romney plan is to push back hard. mitt romney came to dusty iowa on his way to ohio. with new confidence that he can win those battleground states. and a new willingness to open up personally. today about glenn dougherty, a navy s.e.a.l. romney met at a party. >> you can imagine how i felt when i found out he was one of the two former navy s.e.a.l.s killed in benghazi on september 11th. and it touched me, obviously. >> reporter: after the debate in denver, romney soared to the lead over obama. but the pollsters are seeing romney's numbers go back down. >> definitely he got a bump. as we continue to track at gallup, friday, saturday, sunday, we think some of that is dissipating. >> reporter: today, as president obama arrived in ohio, he put hill behind by two points among likely voters. in columbus, he mocked romney. >> somebody i
NBC
Oct 10, 2012 6:00pm EDT
intelligence or security lapses contributed to the terrible toll in that dpedly attack. steve handelsman joins us with more on that tragedy. >> reporter: good evening. up here on the hill, the upcoming elections still colors this investigation. republicans believe the white house tried to engineer a cover-up. but today the main question was way simpler. where were so few american forces on guard in such a dangerous place. to highlight his concern, president obama had his terrorism adviser john brennan in libya today, to push the investigation of the 9/11, 2012, attack that killed chris stevens and three others. but republicans at the house hearing charged the obama state department showed a lack of concern last summer, after u.s. facilities in benghazi were attacked twice. >> i believe personally with more assets, more resources, just meeting the minimum standards, we could have and should have saved the life of ambassador stevens and the other people that were there. >> reporter: one of the witnesses agreed. lieutenant colonel andrew wood ran embassy security until august. >> the situation re
NBC
Oct 11, 2012 4:00pm EDT
will be seated, which normally leads to a lower energy level. from danville, kentucky, steve handelsman. >> they also came out with a poll on the senate race, showing tightening there, too, huh? >> reporter: that's right. tim kaine at 47% now, just one point above george allen at 46%. just go back a week ago, which, again, was before the presidential debates, jim, and kaine was 49 over allen's 44. a five-point spread became a one-point spad. even in the case of these two guys, both super-well-known governors, that things that happen to the top of the ticket can ripple down to senate races. and so as the race between romney and obama narrows in virginia, so does that senate race. back to you. >> big night out there. steve handelsman, thanks so much. >>> baker is campaigning for question 7 in maryland. it would expand gambling in the state. and baker has a message for people who think it's a bad bill. during a taping of viewpoint this morning, baker said the initiative would create 12,000 jobs in the state and 6,000 jobs in the county and raise much-needed revenue. baker is also behind th
NBC
Oct 11, 2012 6:00pm EDT
because this race is now so close. steve handelsman has the latest from danville. >> reporter: hi, doreen, thanks. danville, kentucky, there's more pressure on joe biden. a lot of democrats hoping he can get their campaign back on track. in danville, a college town that hosts tonight's debate, local voters say they'll tune in. >> i want ryan to be able to express what we want for our country. like romney did in the presidential debate. >> i think it will help obama if joe biden does well. >> reporter: with the debate hall at center call, paul ryan arrived, a 42-year-old republican whiz kid set to face a 69-year-old democratic debate veteran. >> joe biden's been on this stage before. this is my first time. but what he can't run from is president obama's indefensible record. >> reporter: the vice president sometimes hurts team obama with gaffes, with trademark bravado, that he won't dodge. >> looking forward to it. >> reporter: the stakes in danville look higher after last week's debate in denver. >> the reason is that mitt romney's developed significant momentum from his debate performance
NBC
Oct 16, 2012 6:00pm EDT
was last time. republicans believe romney will be energized by a new set of positive poll numbers. steve handelsman is at hofstra university where tonight's debate will take place. >> thanks. good evening. from hempstead, long island. with mitt romney ahead in a new poll in the all important swing states. even more is riding on the presidential debate here tonight. the pressure is on but so was the smile. barack obama headed to the hofstra debate. >> i feel fabulous. look at this beautiful day. >> reporter: mitt romney got sunshine from a starting poll by gallup for usa today that shows him leading now in 12 battleground states from colorado to florida to ohio. since the debate in denver, romney over obama, 50-46 among likely voters because gallup found romney trails with women in the swing states by just one. a once wide gender gap closed. te obama disputes the numbers. a shift like that is critical. >> whoever wins the women usually wins the election. >> reporter: tonight's debate is a town hall. audience questions in a debate like that in 1992, george bush 41 looked irritable. >> i'm
NBC
Oct 17, 2012 4:00pm EDT
in the final stretch. steve handelsman joins us from capitol hill with the latest. >> reporter: thanks, pat. the debate, what's the fallout? in colorado, in nevada, in ohio, virginia, north carolina, florida. the battleground states. as the pollsters start to measure the candidates today headed out to try to move those numbers. the day after the debate, they went to swing states, still battling. former governor romney in virginia. >> i just think the american people had expected that the president of the united states would be able to describe what he's going to do in the next four years. but he can't. he spends most of his time trying to talk about how my plan won't work. >> his tax plan won't add up. his jobs plan doesn't create jobs. his deficit reduction plan adds to the deficit. >> reporter: president obama in iowa. >> mitt romney's trying to sell you a sketchy deal. we are not buying it. >> reporter: paul ryan was in ohio. >> didn't mitt romney do a great job for us last night? >> reporter: the debate was a brawl. >> one-point plan. that plan is to make sure that folks at the top play
NBC
Oct 24, 2012 4:00pm EDT
in an effort to cover as much real estate as they can. steve handelsman joins us from capitol hill with just two weeks to go now. >> reporter: good evening, jim. so many combinations of wins in the various battleground states could lead to a victory for the obama side or the romney side, that both those guys, and their running mates today are visiting all the battleground states they can. mitt romney and paul ryan swing state tours started in colorado. they split up. romney going to nevada. where he trails by three points. but claimed he's closing in on the president. >> he's out of ideas. and out of excuses. and in november you'll put him out of office. >> reporter: ryan went to ohio, where he and romney closed a five-point gap to one. >> mitt romney and i believe in true compassion in upward mobility. >> reporter: colorado could be key. last night outside denver thousands cheered the republican ticket. the obama lead in this state has disappeared. to slow the slide, barack obama will visit five swing states. >> we're going to pull an allnighter. >> reporter: starting in iowa, where his lea
NBC
Oct 25, 2012 4:00pm EDT
the swing states today. steve handelsman is following both sides on this busy day and joins us from capitol hill with the latest. >> reporter: jim, thanks. it's tough and exhausting, and it's continuing at this hour. mitt romney soldiering through, buoyed up by his rise in the polls. barack obama is making his marathon effort part of his message. president obama started the day hoarse. he's been in iowa, on the "tonight show" in l.a., in nevada for a late rally, then to air force one, a call to colin powell after the general endorsed the president on cbs. >> i think we ought to keep on the track that we are on. >> reporter: at 9:00 a.m. florida, the biggest swing state where the president trails by two points -- >> i've got a plan that will actually create jobs. and unlike mitt romney, i'm proud to talk about that plan. >> reporter: the race in virginia is still tied. nationwide, the obama lead with women has disappeared. he's reminding them that a republican senate candidate tuesday said if a woman gets pregnant after being raped, it's god's will. >> i don't think any male politician shoul
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Oct 30, 2012 4:00pm EDT
obama who has the most to lose or to gain. here's steve handelsman. >> reporter: the second day off the campaign trail in a situation room, coordinating relief. and president obama went to red cross headquarters. to reassure the suffering that fema and the other agencies are helping as fast as possible. >> my message to the federal government, no bureaucracy, no red tape. get resources where they're needed as fast as possible, as hard as possible, and for the duration. >> reporter: his message to governors is calling personal and staunch romney supporter chris christie has. >> the president has been outstanding in this. the folks at fema have been slept. >> reporter: the fema director looked ahead to next tuesday offering federal assistance, generators and the like to states where polling places might still lack power. mitt romney was in ohio not to talk issues, to collect cans. romney backers brought food for new jersey. >> and i appreciate your generosity. it is part of the american spirit. the american way to give to people who are in need. >> reporter: mr. romney had argued in a
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Oct 17, 2012 6:00pm EDT
in the final stretch. steve handelsman has the latest from capitol hill. steve? >> jim, thanks. how did last night play in virginia, for example, ohio, the rest of the battleground states? that's what matters most. pollsters try to figure out the answer, the candidates headed out to try to move those numbers. the day after the debate, they went to swing states, still battling. former governor romney in virginia. >> i just think the american people had expected that the president of the united states would be able to describe what he's going to do in the next four years. he can't. he spent most of his time trying to talk about how my plan won't work. >> his tax plan doesn't add up. his jobs plan doesn't create jobs. his deficit reduction plan adds to the deficit. >> reporter: president obama in iowa. >> mitt romney's trying to sell you a sketchy deal. we are not buying it. >> reporter: paul ryan was in ohio. >> didn't mitt romney do a great job for us last night? >> not true, governor romney. >> reporter: the debate was a brawl. >> one-point plan. and that plan is to make sure that folks at t
CNBC
Oct 10, 2012 7:00pm EDT
on the benghazi embassy a month ago. nbc's own steve handelsman joins us from washington with the details. good evening, steve. >> reporter: larry, good evening to you from capitol hill. there were more questions today here from republicans and not only republicans about what some see as an attempt by the obama administration to cover up an al qaeda comeback in libya. but mostly the hearing was about a far simpler issue -- why were so few american armed forces assigned to protect american diplomats in such a dangerous place? to highlight his concern, president obama had his terrorism adviser john brennan in libya today to push the investigation of the 9/11/2012 attacks that killed u.s. ambassador chris stevens and three others. but republicans at the house hearing charged the obama state department showed a lack of concern last summer after u.s. facilities in benghazi were attacked twice. >> i believe personally with more assets, more resources, just meeting the minimum standards, we could have and should have saved the life of ambassador stevens and the other people that were there. >> reporte
NBC
Oct 19, 2012 4:00pm EDT
with some stand-up comedy. news4's steve handelsman is live on capitol hill with the latest from the campaign trail. hey, steve. >> reporter: hi, pat. thanks, good evening. you've got to believe behind closed doors, neither of these presidential candidates is doing a lot of laughing. the race is so close, it's agonizing. but george mason, the president was cracking up. in northern virginia, president obama joked his opponent has a condition. >> i think it's called romnesia. >> reporter: accusing mitt romney of swerving to the middle to trick women. >> if you say you're for equal pay for equal work, but you keep refusing to say whether you would sign a bill to protect equal pay for equal work, you might have romnesia. i don't know about cutting taxes for rich folks. take your temperature, because you've probably got romnesia. here's good news, obama care covers preexisting conditions. >> reporter: he got big laughs. but obama's support in this battleground state has dropped. he's tied here with romney. two new polls show former governor romney ahead nationally. two show ties. the
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Oct 18, 2012 6:00pm EDT
is helping mitt romney in crucial swing states. steve handelsman is joining us from capitol hill tonight. >> reporter: good evening. doreen knows this at gut level, but winning the votes of women is complicated for both political campaigns. they figure it involves jobs, and then equality in the workplace. respect, and reproductive rights. focusing on women, president obama went to new hampshire, another swing state where he's lost the lead with time running out. >> 19 days, new hampshire. >> reporter: the president figures a key to a comeback is women. he lost his big advantage with women nationally after the first debate. in the second debate, tuesday, mitt romney boasted he'd ask the help of women's groups to staff his massachusetts governor's office. >> they brought us whole binders full of women. mine had more women and senior leadership positions than any state in america. >> reporter: that, said mr. obama today, is a difference between him and mr. romney. >> we don't have to order up some binders to find qualified, talented, driven young women. >> reporter: what about equal pay for
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Oct 24, 2012 6:00pm EDT
is too close to call. president obama will travel more than 5,000 miles today alone. steve handelsmans on capitol hill now with more on the candidates' travels. >> reporter: jim, thanks, good evening. the polls are so close now, that all kinds of combinations of wins in the swing states, like virginia, could produce a victory. and so the candidates are trying to hit all the battlegrounds. mitt romney and paul ryan swing state tours started in colorado. they split up. romney going to nevada. where he trails by three points. but claimed he's closing on the president. >> he's out of ideas, and out of excuses, and in november you'll put him out of office. >> reporter: ryan went to ohio, where he and romney closed a five-point gap to one. >> mitt romney and i believe in true compassion in upward mobility. >> reporter: colorado could be key. last night outside denver, thousands cheered the republican ticket. the obama lead in this state has disappeared. to slow the slide, barack obama will visit five swing states. >> we're going to pull an all-nighter. >> reporter: starting in iowa, where hi
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